Computer-Aided Design CAD

Learning about CAD

Someone once told me that had the pencil been invented after the computer then it would be seen as a great advance: light weight, flexible, inexpensive, and through the hand, directly connected to the brain.  For all it’s sophistication and mystery, the computer can be an unwieldy way of performing simple tasks.

It was for the simple task of doing clearer working drawings that I chose to teach myself basic CAD skills, some 15 years or so ago. I strongly believed that it was not necessary to use an “industry standard” tool unless one is going to use them at the highest level, any more than one needs to own a BMW in order to get from A to B. In film and TV, where computer work is routinely transferred directly to the screen, it is obviously necessary to use the most sophisticated software but in theatre it will usually be used as a means to an end. Hours spent getting to grips with the principles of CAD on budget software in the quiet of one’s own home are hours well spent.

The CAD models shown were created in the last few years, using TurboCAD pro15.

Most of them are reconstructions of lost models made from existing working drawings.

I am self taught as far as CAD is concerned and now that I am retired with time on my hands I find the process fascinating.

Those in the top gallery are theatre sets and those below are for TV and film. ‘Llyfr Ddu’ was done for the Urdd Eisteddfod and involved  using numerous slides that I computer generated. ‘Gelert’ was an animated film for which I designed the architecture for the castle and cathedral backgrounds.

Martin Morley

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Where possible I have given photo credits. For those I have over looked I hope I have not given offence. Most of the rehearsal photos are my own taken with a simple point and shoot camera.